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What is constructivism as it relates our learning abilities? I am trying to find out how we learn through constuctivism.  I am studying theories of learning.

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Constructivism is the idea that we "construct" our own knowledge.  It is both a simple and complex theory.  Simply put, our ability to learn is dependent on our creating our knowledge, best done in a hands-on or applied way, basically saying that we generate our own learning.  It is a complex theory because it is dependent on a knowledge of how the brain really works, which involves how we take in the world, through our senses, and how that sensory input gets moved along to our minds and in our minds,...

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